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Sha Tin Racing Tips: Sunday, January 23rd

Tim Geers previews Sunday’s racing at Sha Tin with a look at the two Group 1s and his best bet on the card.

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Group 1 racing in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon with the Centenary Sprint Cup and The Stewards’ Cup headlining a 10-race card at Sha Tin.

Tim Geers previews both Group 1s below and provides an extra best bet which comes up in Race 8.

Find his Hong Kong racing tips below!

Best Bet: Race 8 – (4) Leslie

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Race 1

D B Pin Hcp (C4) (1000m)
4:00pm (AEDT)

Race 1

D B Pin Hcp (C4) (1000m)
4:00pm (AEDT)

1. Island Shine (9) J: C Ho (59kg) T: P Yiu
34
2. Turbo Power (10) J: A Badel (59kg) T: K W Lui
6.5
3. Flying High (5) J: M Chadwick (57.5kg) T: W Y So
12
4. California Vanes (14) J: Z Purton (56.5kg) T: A S Cruz
4
5. Fortune Marbo (7) J: M Yeung (56.5kg) T: T P Yung
34
6. Happy Fat Cat (6) J: K Teetan (56.5kg) T: A T Millard
34
7. Lucky Gor (8) J: J Moreira (56.5kg) T: C Fownes
4.6
8. Splendid Star (3) J: H Mo (56.5kg) T: L Ho
101
9. Tsuen Wan Glory (12) J: H Bentley (56.5kg) T: K L Man
67
10. Kowloon East Star (13) J: R Maia (55kg) T: K H Ting
11
11. Cheval Valiant (2) J: L Hewitson (54.5kg) T: D Whyte
9
12. El Jefe (11) J: M Poon (54.5kg) T: C H Yip
6.5
13. Aca Power (4) J: H Lai (53kg) T: Y S Tsui
71
14. Give Way Please (1) J: K Leung (53kg) T: D A Hayes
21
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Race 2

Able Friend Hcp (C2) (1400m)
4:30pm (AEDT)

Race 2

Able Friend Hcp (C2) (1400m)
4:30pm (AEDT)

1. Silver Express (9) J: V Borges (60.5kg) T: J J Size
2. Highland Fortune (1) J: A Badel (59.5kg) T: K W Lui
6.5
3. Hinchinlove (8) J: K Leung (58.5kg) T: T P Yung
8.5
4. Circuit Three (4) J: M Yeung (57kg) T: T P Yung
11
5. E Star (3) J: M Chadwick (56kg) T: K L Man
11
6. Roman Turbo (5) J: R Maia (55kg) T: C S Shum
21
7. Tempest Express (7) J: A Hamelin (54.5kg) T: J J Size
8.5
8. The Golden Scenery (6) J: J Moreira (54.5kg) T: A S Cruz
2.9
9. Setanta (2) J: K Teetan (53.5kg) T: K W Lui
3.5
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Race 3

The Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m)
5:00pm (AEDT)

Race 3

The Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m)
5:00pm (AEDT)

1. Sky Field (1) J: B Shinn (57kg) T: C Fownes
3.4
2. Wellington (2) J: A Badel (57kg) T: Richard Gibson
6
3. Courier Wonder (7) J: J Moreira (57kg) T: J J Size
4
4. Hot King Prawn (4) J: Z Purton (57kg) T: J J Size
7
5. Stronger (6) J: C Ho (57kg) T: D Whyte
14
6. Computer Patch (5) J: M Poon (57kg) T: A S Cruz
34
7. Super Wealthy (3) J: K Teetan (57kg) T: D A Hayes
12
8. Master Eight (8) J: M Chadwick (57kg) T: F C Lor
4.8

The first Group 1 of the day is The Centenary Sprint Cup. Many of these runners come out of the Hong Kong Sprint last start when there was a horrific fall which brought down half the field, so it’s hard to get a gauge on how much that affected a couple of runners.

(1) Sky Field won that Hong Kong Sprint and was the beneficiary of getting an uninterrupted run. Draws the inside today so should get a nice run once again and there’s every chance he wins again. Expect him to drift a bit in betting though – I think a few will take him on given he got everything fall his way last time out.

It’s D-day for (2) Wellington who drew wide in the Sprint and went back to last. He was only plain and his first up run wasn’t much better. He draws a low gate here to get a suck run and third up you’d hope to see improvement.

I’d suggest the double figure odds for (4) Hot King Prawn is over the odds. He might be a bit over the hill against some of these but he’s third up now and gets Zac Purton booked from a low draw. You can never underestimate a horse of his calibre in these races.

(8) Master Eight is the new kid on the block and tackles this company for the first time but Moreira jumps off to stick with (3) Courier Wonder.

Tip: (2) Wellington $5.00 Sportsbet

Value: (4) Hot King Prawn $11 Bet365

Betting Strategy: 1 unit WIN Wellington, 0.5 units WIN Hot King Prawn

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Race 4

Helene Paragon Hcp (C4) (1400m)
5:30pm (AEDT)

Race 4

Helene Paragon Hcp (C4) (1400m)
5:30pm (AEDT)

1. Indigenous Realm (2) J: K Leung (60.5kg) T: K L Man
21
2. Lifeline Vision (6) J: C Ho (60.5kg) T: D A Hayes
8.5
3. Charge On (5) J: M Poon (58.5kg) T: D J Hall
12
4. Millennium Falcon (7) J: Z Purton (57.5kg) T: T P Yung
2.8
5. Beauty Live (12) J: J Moreira (57kg) T: F C Lor
4.6
6. Dandy Years (10) J: A Hamelin (57kg) T: C S Shum
17
7. Robot Warrior (13) J: H Bentley (57kg) T: P Yiu
11
8. Super Hornet (1) J: L Hewitson (56.5kg) T: D Whyte
34
9. Dassit (8) J: V Borges (56kg) T: J J Size
51
10. Nordic Warrior (4) J: B Shinn (56kg) T: Richard Gibson
21
11. Vukan (14) J: M Chadwick (56kg) T: P D O'sullivan
9
12. Win Charm (3) J: A Badel (56kg) T: K W Lui
41
13. Pride Of Dragon (11) J: R Maia (54kg) T: C H Yip
26
14. Jiangxi Stamina (9) J: K Teetan (53.5kg) T: W Y So
19
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Race 5

Aerovelocity Hcp (C3) (1200m)
6:00pm (AEDT)

Race 5

Aerovelocity Hcp (C3) (1200m)
6:00pm (AEDT)

1. Jumbo Fortune (2) J: J Moreira (60.5kg) T: A S Cruz
5
2. Pegasus General (4) J: H Bentley (59.5kg) T: K H Ting
34
3. Team Spirit (10) J: M Poon (59.5kg) T: W Y So
9
4. The Crown (3) J: B Shinn (58.5kg) T: C Fownes
10
5. Regency Bo Bo (5) J: K Teetan (57.5kg) T: C S Shum
17
6. Excellent Daddy (11) J: Z Purton (57kg) T: T P Yung
4.6
7. Rock Ya Heart (8) J: C Ho (56.5kg) T: K W Lui
3.8
8. Here Comes Ted (7) J: M Chadwick (55.5kg) T: D J Hall
11
9. Ready To Win (9) J: K Leung (53kg) T: F C Lor
7
10. Turquoise Hope (6) J: L Hewitson (53kg) T: P D O'sullivan
41
11. Birdsville (1) J: M Yeung (51.5kg) T: D A Hayes
11
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Race 6

Giant Treasure Hcp (C4) (1800m)
6:35pm (AEDT)

Race 6

Giant Treasure Hcp (C4) (1800m)
6:35pm (AEDT)

1. Darci Joy (4) J: M Chadwick (60.5kg) T: P Yiu
6
2. Decisive Action (13) J: R Maia (60.5kg) T: C S Shum
34
3. Pakistan Friend (3) J: K Teetan (60.5kg) T: W Y So
12
4. Ai One (12) J: B Shinn (58.5kg) T: D A Hayes
17
5. Smart Patch (6) J: H Bentley (58.5kg) T: P D O'sullivan
21
6. Big Brook (9) J: L Ferraris (58kg) T: C Fownes
7
7. Joyful Heart (5) J: K Leung (57.5kg) T: F C Lor
17
8. Shanghai Dragon (1) J: Z Purton (56.5kg) T: T P Yung
11
9. Super Elegance (8) J: A Hamelin (56.5kg) T: K H Ting
7.5
10. Red Elysees (2) J: J Moreira (55.5kg) T: K L Man
4.5
11. Flying Mighty (7) J: M Poon (55kg) T: D J Hall
11
12. Yes We Can (10) J: M Yeung (53.5kg) T: T P Yung
13
13. Light My Day (11) J: A Badel (52kg) T: C H Yip
11
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Race 7

The Stewards Cup (1600m)
7:05pm (AEDT)

Race 7

The Stewards Cup (1600m)
7:05pm (AEDT)

1. Golden Sixty (1) J: C Ho (57kg) T: K W Lui
1.2
2. More Than This (7) J: K Leung (57kg) T: C S Shum
11
3. Waikuku (4) J: Z Purton (57kg) T: J J Size
7.5
4. Russian Emperor (3) J: B Shinn (57kg) T: D Whyte
26
5. Sky Darci (5) J: J Moreira (57kg) T: C Fownes
21
6. Healthy Happy (2) J: A Badel (57kg) T: F C Lor
16
7. Kings Shield (6) J: H Bentley (57kg) T: F C Lor
151

The second Group 1 on the card sees (1) Golden Sixty aiming to make it 20 wins from 21 starts and match Silent Witness’ record of 17 straight wins. He was dominant in the Hong Kong Mile last start and should account for these without any problems.

(2) More Than This ran a good race for 2nd behind Golden Sixty last start and he has a good third up record so should be able to improve once again.

(4) Russian Emperor drops back to then mile after running  3rd in the Hong Kong Cup behind Loves Only You.

Tip: (1) Golden Sixty $1.20 Bet365

Betting Strategy: No bet

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Race 8

Peniaphobia Hcp (C4) (1200m)
7:35pm (AEDT)

Race 8

Peniaphobia Hcp (C4) (1200m)
7:35pm (AEDT)

1. Classic Moon (13) J: K Leung (60.5kg) T: W Y So
8.5
2. Pins Prince (1) J: J Moreira (60.5kg) T: J J Size
7
3. Marvel Dragon (3) J: K Teetan (58kg) T: T P Yung
8
4. Leslie (9) J: Z Purton (57.5kg) T: P Yiu
2.5
5. Amazing Victory (6) J: H Mo (56.5kg) T: L Ho
41
6. Encore (8) J: R Maia (56.5kg) T: C S Shum
41
7. Handsome Veggie (7) J: A Hamelin (56.5kg) T: D A Hayes
71
8. Sixth Generation (12) J: B Shinn (56.5kg) T: C H Yip
41
9. Baebae Tsoi (5) J: M Poon (56kg) T: F C Lor
5
10. August Moon (2) J: C Ho (55.5kg) T: P D O'sullivan
9.5
11. President's Choice (14) J: M Chadwick (54.5kg) T: Richard Gibson
21
12. Fantasy Spring (4) J: H Lai (54kg) T: Y S Tsui
101
13. E Brother (10) J: A Badel (53.5kg) T: K L Man
26
14. Durham Star (11) J: L Hewitson (53kg) T: D Whyte
31

(4) Leslie ran a good race on debut, coming from well of the pace to run home into 2nd. Big jockey change today with Purton taking over. The draw is slightly awkward – there has only been one winner from 81 starters from barrier 9 over 1200m on the A-course this season, but it does tend to favour horses drawn middle of the line (barrier 8 is the most successful). Hopefully a good steer from Zac can be the difference.

Tip: (4) Leslie $2.40 Ladbrokes

Betting Strategy: 1.5 units WIN Leslie

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Race 9

Seasons Bloom Hcp (C3) (2000m)
8:10pm (AEDT)

Race 9

Seasons Bloom Hcp (C3) (2000m)
8:10pm (AEDT)

1. Charity Go (5) J: Z Purton (60.5kg) T: C S Shum
6.5
2. Hit The Shot (10) J: V Borges (60kg) T: J J Size
19
3. Winning Dragon (1) J: K Teetan (60kg) T: A S Cruz
9
4. Entrusted (2) J: A Badel (58.5kg) T: W Y So
10
5. Enzemble (6) J: M Poon (56.5kg) T: K L Man
17
6. Helene Allibor (13) J: B Shinn (56.5kg) T: D A Hayes
9.5
7. King Tourbillon (11) J: H Bentley (56.5kg) T: Y S Tsui
21
8. Flying Turbo (14) J: L Hewitson (56kg) T: D Whyte
41
9. Intrepid Winner (7) J: A Hamelin (56kg) T: A T Millard
26
10. Nordic Sky (3) J: K Leung (55.5kg) T: A T Millard
11
11. Superbella (4) J: J Moreira (55kg) T: F C Lor
5.5
12. Vincy (12) J: M Chadwick (55kg) T: C H Yip
15
13. Chevalier Prince (8) J: M Yeung (53.5kg) T: F C Lor
4.4
14. Natural Storm (9) J: H Mo (51.5kg) T: P Yiu
21
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Race 10

Beat The Clock Hcp (C3) (1400m)
8:45pm (AEDT)

Race 10

Beat The Clock Hcp (C3) (1400m)
8:45pm (AEDT)

1. Circuit Stellar (1) J: J Moreira (60.5kg) T: A S Cruz
4.5
2. Pegasus Hero (8) J: H Lai (59.5kg) T: Y S Tsui
51
3. Beauty Champ (10) J: Z Purton (58.5kg) T: C S Shum
15
4. Hall Of Champ (6) J: L Hewitson (58.5kg) T: C Fownes
11
5. Heza Beauty (9) J: B Shinn (58kg) T: J J Size
17
6. Navas Two (7) J: R Maia (58kg) T: Richard Gibson
3.5
7. Prime Minister (14) J: K Leung (57kg) T: P Yiu
8
8. Classic Posh (3) J: L Ferraris (56.5kg) T: D J Hall
31
9. Dragon Fortune (13) J: H Bentley (55.5kg) T: F C Lor
21
10. Seasons Bliss (4) J: C Ho (54kg) T: K H Ting
10
11. Kasi Farasi (11) J: M Poon (53kg) T: C H Yip
34
12. Nothing New (12) J: M Chadwick (53kg) T: D Whyte
10
13. Star Brite (5) J: K Teetan (53kg) T: K W Lui
12
14. Circuit Mighty (2) J: M Yeung (52kg) T: K L Man
15

A trip to Hong Kong quickly had Tim hooked to the racing caper, maintaining the best place anywhere in the world on a Wednesday night is Happy Valley. He holds a strong interest in the Hong Kong form, along with the metropolitan racing in Sydney and Melbourne. He’s a fan of dry tracks, Zac Purton and takes particular interest in identifying patterns in the form. Tim wears many hats, juggling the roles of form analyst, jockey manager and racehorse owner.

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